sheesh even for here [rounds or squares, either way] $150 is cheap....... HERE, and our farmers have JUST cut and baled. A single grass round here is about $55 this time of year [more if it's nice enough to keep/put weight on a hard keeper] and in a bad year can be as much as $100 towards the end of winter. I have to get a few rounds soon so my horses don't drop weight and with the distinct possibility I might be rescuing a very skinny TB it is going to have to be good hay, probably oaten from this one guy who's been advertising in the local paper. That's $77/round, and we usually go through a round every 2 weeks if we just stick it in the paddock with them, so in a season that's a LOT of hay. Last year we started with 100 squares, which lasted us a few months [1 whole square bale/day between 2 easy keepers and a horse that refused to eat it - but the picky one was costing a fortune in grain because he's not an easy keeper] then went through 16 rounds.
We usually hay from about Nov/Dec [now-ish] right through summer and autumn, through winter and then normally break off around Aug/Sept when the spring flush happens and they're all fat on grass alone. If I'm feeding oaten rounds, though, I might get a few pallets to keep my rounds off the ground and keep them covered and away from the horses so it doesn't get spread everywhere... and the ponies don't explode!
A CLEAN SLATE FOR THE FUTURE
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 11-16-2012 at 01:19 PM.